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Alex Ching to join USD men's golf for 2008-09 season

Nov. 19, 2007

(San Diego, CA) - USD head men's golf coach Tim Mickelson announced today that Alex Ching has signed a national letter of intent and will join the Torero program for the 2008-09 school year. Currently a senior at Punahou High School in Hawaii, Ching is coming off an outstanding summer of competition.

"I am very excited that Alex has decided to attend and play golf at USD," said head coach Tim Mickelson. "He personifies everything I look for in a recruit. He is a dedicated student, a very accomplished and driven golfer, and someone who is a true team player. He will be a great representative for USD and the golf family he is joining in USD Golf."

This past summer he put together a very successful three week stretch of golf. First he finished 24th out of 171 participants in the Callaway Golf Junior World event in San Diego by shooting 73-76-77-75 on the very difficult Torrey Pines South golf course. He then went to Florida and dominated the field by 7 shots en route to his win at the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships with rounds of 71-73-68-71. The very next week he came back to San Diego to win the Junior America's Cup with rounds of 67-71-67. Alex is currently ranked 34th in the country at the Junior Golf Scoreboard website. This ranking of 34 includes all juniors under the age of 19 years of age. In addition, Alex has won numerous events in his home state of Hawaii and he has also represented the state of Hawaii on numerous occasions. Besides golf, he is a very accomplished tennis player and plays on the defending state champion Punahou High School tennis team.

"Alex will make an immediate positive impact to the success of the USD golf program and I'm really looking forward to having him join the USD Golf program," added Mickelson. "He is a very talented golfer who strives to be the best he can be. It is a trait that you can't teach and one that coaches absolutely love to see from their players. I can't wait to see how successful he will become and how good he gets. This kid is special. It is going to be an honor to ha